Trauma Resilience Training (STAR)

STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) was developed by the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding and launched in 2002 to help community leaders rebuild after 9/11. Thirteen years later, over 7,000 community leaders have been trained to respond to crises that affect their communities, whether local or global. Brookfield Institute was the first to apply the STAR training to veterans and it has since become a national model. The STAR training is evidence-based, builds awareness of trauma-related injuries and teaches methods of coping and healing. The application of theory and practice originate from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted populations. STAR’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of leaders and organizations to address trauma, break cycles of violence, and build resilience at the individual, community and societal levels.

The five-day STAR training applies trauma resilience theory to experience through exercises, role playing, and interactive discussion. Participants learn about the stages or pathways of healing from trauma, and resources and tools to assist at each stage. At the end of the training, participants are equipped to take what they have learned back into their communities to train others.